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Annihilation (2018)

Director: Alex Garland
Writers: Alex Garland (screenplay), Jeff VanderMeer (novel)
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
Genre: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Horror

"A biologist signs up for a dangerous expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply."


Annihilation
, truly impressed me as a perfect example of how unimaginative and downright stupid Hollywood blockbuster movies have gotten lately.

It's pretty evident from the lackluster acting that the actors didn't have much faith in the script or maybe they just plain didn't care...There's one main rule to action-thriller-horror movie making, you need to have the characters reacting like the stuff on the green screen is real! That way they convince us to suspend our disbelief, so we can buy into what we're seeing. They didn't believe their roles, so either did I!


Two scenes from Annihilation that are very similar to Aliens (1986) & Alien (1979).

Annihilation
brings nothing new to the table. It's the same old rehashing of past sci fi ideas. Even worse is that so many camera shots/scenes were stolen from other movies, that I can't even name them all. Though I had to laugh at the scene in the above photo, I hope Ridley Scott got a credit for that one...Then there's the scene of three of the team specialist tied to chairs as a deranged team member holds them hostage...then in comes the Thing, I mean the bear, ha! That was very reminiscent of one of The Things most powerful scenes. How embarrassing for the director of Ex Machina to turn out this popcorn flick.


Right before being sent into the shimmer zone where they most likely will die, the team has beers and laughs, only in a Hollywood film would such an inane scene be included.

While I liked the concept of the shimmer zone, I was disappointed the film didn't take it more seriously. I think if another film maker had done a script rewrite and directed the actors to really act like their lives were in intimate danger, then the film could have been pretty great.